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And the Lord said … Tell the priests who carry the Ark of the Covenant: ‘When you reach the edge of the Jordan’s waters, go and stand in the river.’
Have you ever been in a situation where it took all your will to start some task or course of action because you didn’t know what the outcome would be?
You could say it was a step of faith either in yourself, your own abilities or in a higher power.
For Christians, this would be trusting in God who, from experience, has never let us down. The children of Israel had reached a climatic point on their journey through the wilderness.
The promised land was in front of them. All they had to do was cross the river Jordan which we are told was in full flood.
God said to Joshua to tell the priests to stand in the river, carrying the substantial, weighty Ark of the Covenant.
What do you think was going through their minds at this time? However, we are told they took that step of faith, put their feet in the river and the waters parted to allow a few million of God’s chosen people to cross to their inheritance. God was with them, and before them.
Sometimes we need to take that step of faith, not relying on our own strength and abilities which may not be sufficient and put our trust in a God who delivers.
A few weeks ago, I purchased a caravan and towed it 200 miles home. I had never towed anything like that in all my years of driving. I knew I had the ability to do it but not the experience and that’s something I had to gain for myself.
But did I do it by myself? No. I asked for God’s help before and during the journey. My wife was praying hard too! And we arrived safely.
Dr Stuart Chalmers,
Oban Baptist Church.